Qualification for Euro 2020 continues with the 8th round for Croatia and 7th round for Slovakia. The group E is still extremely well balanced but now it is getting really serious. Four teams can still qualify : Croatia, Slovakia, Wales and Hungary. Croatia and Hungary have only last match remaining whereas Slovakia and Wales can both snatch 6 points, theoretically. Croatia is leading the group stage with 14 points but has just one last fixture ahead of her: with Slovakia.
The last clash between Slovakia and Croatia ended surprisingly with a clean and decisive victory 4:0 for the Croats. The Slovaks, although playing at their home soil, have clearly underestimated the World Cup silver medalists. Making too many mistakes and playing below their strength and expectations, the loss was well deserved and tough to swallow. However, the following qualification match was an effective victory 2:1 against Hungary for the Slovaks retaining their chances for Euro 2020 qualification.
The Slovak national team feels now that they could learn from their past mistakes and take at least one point from the hot Croatian soil, perhaps surprisingly. The Croatian team will however miss some few important players for this event including the Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida. Hence, I don’t see a similar offensive display happening from the Croats as they unleashed in Trnava, Slovakia two months ago, the Slovaks have definitely improved their defensive game since then.
Taking into account the statistics and the tough situation in the Group E, the Slovaks will aim for at least a draw in Rijeka, Croatia on the Saturday evening. They need to acquire points in order to keep them in the Euro 2022 qualification game because any hesitation might cost them dearly.
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